I'm sorry I haven't been around much the past week. It is just such a busy time of the year isn't it? I've been shopping, wrapping, writing cards (a few), practicing with our choir for our music night this coming Sunday, celebrating my sister and brother-in-law's 50th wedding anniversary, etc.
One thing we haven't been doing is shovelling snow as you can see by these photos taken last Thursday afternoon after we had all the rain. The warm sun made an appearance for about 20 minutes and the fog was lifting from the cold ground. It looked so pretty with the fog moving about. You couldn't get a photo edit to do it so nicely. Most of our snow is gone again.
The weather has been so dull. The days are so short and dark right now and they are really affecting my mood. I'll be glad when the new year comes and January's snow and cold will make the landscape brighter and the lengthening days will make my spirits brighter as well.
I finally got the big parcel that has to be mailed ready to go. I had to pay double the price for it to get to Calgary for Christmas! Our postal system is so expensive but I guess it's cheaper than flying there myself, which would be the more fun option of course. Sigh. How I wish.
Wilson's Sporting Camps is in McNamee on the Miramichi River. This is where we had the party for my sister and her husband on Saturday. It was just family and we had a great time, excellent food and delicious cake.
A similar view in August.
I shared about our visit to Wilson's Sporting Camps when we were there this summer and had a wonderful meal. As you can see there is no lack of snow there. When we got rain last week they got a lot of snow first followed by rain. The river had been frozen over but the rain thawed it and the ice flowed downriver and jammed in Blackville. This doesn't usually happen until the spring.
The view from the dining room.
Here is the same view in August.
This is the fireplace in the dining room we were in.
And that is a very big 'stuffed' salmon on the wall above it.
The pretty little Anglican church in Ludlow.
On the way home we drove through St. Mary's First Nation in Fredericton. They go all out with Christmas lights every year and people from all over drive through their streets to see them. We were a bit disappointed that there were very few houses lit up but we thought maybe it was because it was only 5:00 and not quite dark enough.
This house had the most lights and displays. Fun!
Speaking of displays....this is the one at Santa's in the mall. A man who designs for Theatre New Brunswick designed this winter wonderland. It is really beautiful up close with so much detail.
This is my friend's sweet store, Savour Decor, downtown. I'm inside looking out one of the beautiful windows. There is an old window suspended from the ceiling above the window with fresh greenery and twinkle lights. On the outside of the store there is more greenery across the awning. She has some really beautiful giftware so I did some Christmas shopping there.
One of the beautiful displays in the store. Someone restores old furniture to sell
in her store. Isn't this vintage sideboard gorgeous?
Well, I am finished my shopping and most of my wrapping. That means I'm just about ready for Christmas. How about you? Are you still struggling to complete your preparations? I can't believe where this month has gone already.
I will try to visit around a bit but probably won't be posting as much. We'll see how busy I get.
I hope you all take care and take time to really enjoy this beautiful season.